UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark and sustain entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.

KCSourceLink connects KC entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

MOSourceLink connects Missouri entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

Whiteboard2Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and businesses to technologies available for licensing.

Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

KCInvestED helps investors learn more about investing in KC startups.

SourceLink® helps communities nationwide build vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems.
UMKC Innovation Center
UMKC Innovation Center

Independence Chamber of Commerce

The Independence Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, marketing, continuing education services, networking opportunities, public policy advocacy and other services related to community/business development in Independence, MO and Eastern Jackson County.


During this crisis, the Independence Chamber staff are available to assist businesses via phone or email All events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.


The Chamber is a not-for-profit, business organization dedicated to promoting the economic growth of Independence and Eastern Jackson County. The Independence (MO) Chamber provides a variety of programs and events including:


  • Monthly Membership Luncheons with speakers and presentations on issues that directly affect our members
  • Bi-monthly Business After Hours Networking events
  • Monthly Small Business Continuing Education seminars
  • Monthly Technology seminars
  • Monthly legislative briefings
  • Monthly newsletter/citywide distribution
  • Monthly Business Leads Exchange program


  • Annual Business Leadership Awards Dinner
  • Annual First Responders Recognition and Awards Breakfast
  • Annual Picnic on the Lawn (Membership Appreciation Day)
  • Halloween Parade
  • Annual Adult LEAD Program (Leadership Education Action Development)
  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy
  • Relocation Guide/city map
  • Eastern Jackson County Business Expo
  • Mini Business Expo
  • SantaCaliGon Fetsival Days
  • Complimentary member listings on Chamber Web site, membership directory and resource guide
  • Chamber Golf Classic
  • Legislative hearings for inclusion in public policy advocacy for the subsequent year
  • Annual Board Retreat
  • Independence Day at the State Capital
  • In The City Day

As Needed:

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremonies
  • Varies member business referral methods
  • Marketing of member events via social media avenues, calendar of events and monthly newsletter
  • Geographical Business Association assistance
  • Technical assistance
  • City policy/permitting assistance


Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Missouri Business Issues
Primary ContactMikealene Evans
Address210 W Truman Road
Independence, MO 64050
Phone(816) 252-4745
Fax(816) 252-4917